Fly rod success found me Tuesday night, and it was sweet!  The little guy in the pic was my first ever fish landed on the fly rod.  The best part of it, I did it all by myself.  Dustin was not there to instruct me how to get it to shore; instead, I was left there with my tangle of line, stripping clumsily until the gill landed on the bank.  He’s not much to brag about, but I was thrilled nonetheless.  Most of the night was spent practicing my fly casting, but I did land 5 on my fly rod.  Also, I finally witnessed Dustin get a fish on his.  I can’t IMG_0599believe how many times I have seen him fly fish with no reward on the end of the line.  Maybe his streak, with me as a witness, of bad luck is over.   

Now, about the fishing hole.  The man I work for, Rob Hall, allowed us to come out and fish his awesome pond.  The perimeter is completely clear, so fishing the entire pond is a breeze.  Not to mention, a great place for me to practice.  We saw so much top action in the few areas we fished that we didn’t even make it half-way around the pond.  Popper Flies, black and yellow, from Rainbow Fly Shop were really doing the trick, for bass and blue gill alike.  Matt also gave us some sample popper flies to try.  We had success with those too.  I think we will recommend he start carrying them.  Hitting about 530 pm, Rob and Dustin were reeling in one fish after another.  I do have to send a shout out to Rob in order to thank him.  He let us fish his pond, and he helped me out with my casting.  Dustin and I were fools fishing until dark resulting in another late night for us.  As long as the fish are biting, we stick around.  We really have to stop doing that on work nights!  

Dustin takes his first fly tying class tonight.  This is something he has always wanted to do, but never made the time.  With a little encouragement from me, he decided to go.  Dustin is quite creative, and does great work with his hands.  To me, fly tying should be a craft that comes well to him.  I’m hoping to find some pictorial examples of native bugs of the Yellowstone River, which hatch or are prevalent in July.  Hopefully, using these pics as a guide, Dustin can craft some successful flies.  We’ll keep you informed of his progress.

Diligently practicing, 


Written by Stephanie Mullins

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